ESPN’s Monday Night Football returns tonight as the Chicago Bears host the Detroit Lions. Kick-off is 8:30p.m. ET with Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden, and Lisa Salters.
Pre-game action begins at 6:30p.m. ET with Monday Night Countdown. Chris Berman will host with analysts Cris Carter, Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson and Keyshawn Johnson and NFL Insiders Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter. On-site host Stuart Scott, analysts Trent Dilfer and Steve Young, contributor Rick Reilly and Salters will add to the show.
From ESPN PR, here are the anticipated highlights for the show:
- ‘Gruden Extra’ with Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall: Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler and wide receiver Brandon Marshall are now teammates for the second time and just like their stint in Denver, the duo has shown great chemistry. This week, Cutler and Marshall visit Super Bowl-winning coach Jon Gruden in the MNF bus to discuss the Bears 4-1 start.
- Rick Reilly Feature – The many faces of Jay Cutler: Cutler’s on-field demeanor has been a major topic in the media this season. In his weekly feature, ESPN.com columnist and Monday Night Countdown essayist Rick Reilly breaks down the many faces of Jay Cutler.
- Jim Schwartz Soundtracks: After reaching the playoffs in 2011, the Lions have had a slow start this season. During their week four loss to the NFC North rivals Vikings, Lions head coach Jim Schwartz was wired for sound. This week’s Soundtracks captures the best moments from a tough day for Schwartz.
- Matthew Stafford Conversation: After a 1-3 start and facing a 10-point fourth quarter deficit, Matthew Stafford led the Lions to an overtime win over the Eagles. Before a divisional road test on Monday Night Football, the Lions quarterback sits down with Lisa Salters.